Winter School of Discontent
Orly Almi, Michael Driebeek van der Ven, Frank Chouraqui, Galit Eilat, Cissie Fu, Chris Goto-Jones, Eric Kluitenberg, Marianna Maruyama, Riti Hermán Mostert & Eloise Sweetman
18.01.2016 — 23.01.2016
The Winterschool of Discontent is a collaboration of West & the Political Arts Initiative.

Political Arts Initiative
Launched in 2012 to complement conventional political and philosophical studies, the Political Arts Initiative (PAI) is interested in how people interact with and compose political ideas and actions through the various, diverse media of technology and the arts. PAI participants explore the ways in which poetry, music, photography, film, installation, theatre and other artistic genres and performance practices, on and off the street, interleave with political and philosophical life as vehicles for criticism, elaboration, theorization, intervention, and activism. PAI forwards the new academic field of Political Arts through immersive courses, interactive lectures, reading groups, and participatory performances, alongside a street art e-magazine and a book series.
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West Den Haag
Situated in a carefully renovated seventeenth century townhouse alongside one of The Hague’s picturesque canals, art center West has been developing an international program of exhibitions showing art works that challenge the conditioning of the public’s perception of art. West does not strive to please the public. In the main exhibition space, consisting of three rooms on different sizes and atmosphere, and a side program, West combines the work of Dutch and International artists with an emphasis on radical site-specific work and installations. West introduces artists it views as important but not (yet) very well known to the Netherlands and conversely supports artists abroad. Lectures, presentations, performances, and discussions underpin the exhibition program with a theoretical basis. A series of publications, documentaries, and the website complete the activities that bring the different aspects of West together.